Six BHS soccer players earn postseason honors
Six Baldwin High School soccer players recently received postseason honors by coaches from the Frontier League, southeast region and the state.
The awards come on the brink on a 9-8-1 season by the Bulldogs. That’s the second-best record for the program since it started in 2005.
“It reflects that we are moving up,” coach Mark Joslyn said. “As our team gets better, you get more players into those positions. We got to play in bigger games. Those things come when the team does well.”
On the state level, three Baldwin players were named Class 4A honorable mention all-state players. They were senior Joey Cool (defender), junior Louis Joslyn (midfield and forward) and junior Caleb Michels (forward).
“Joey recorded two goals and four assists from his back right position,” coach Joslyn said. “He was an excellent one-on-one defender and a tenacious tackler.”
Michels led the Bulldogs with nine goals this season. He also recorded four assists. He tied Joslyn with team points. Joslyn scored six goals and earned 10 assists for the Bulldogs.
“Caleb and Louis were our two best scorers,” coach Joslyn said. “They were also two great leaders for us.”
Cool, Joslyn and Michels were all three named to the first-team all-southeast region. Junior Clint Chapman (midfield) and sophomore Austin Kraus (defender) were both named to the all-region second team. Baldwin won the team sportsmanship award for the region.
In the Frontier League, Joslyn was the only first-team player voted by the league coaches. Michels and Cool were named to second team, while Chapman and junior Dayshawn Berndt earned honorable mention.
“We were very pleased with our postseason honors,” coach Joslyn said. “Our overall performance in both the league and region helped us out in that regard. The league coaches took note of our record and that we had some talent on our team.”
Five of the six Bulldogs to earn postseason awards will be back next fall. Their coach is excited about the 2011 season, acknowledging expectations will be higher next year, too.
“We are very happy that most of our players return next year,” Joslyn said. “I think that sets us up pretty well for next year with our expectations and where we want to go as a program. I don’t think we will be a surprise to anyone, so we better get ready to play next year.”